Otago Central Rail Trail

Otago Central Rail Trail

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Rob Manson

New Zealand

Ranking: 9/10

Awesome easy trail, with beautiful sights especially near Clyde and Arrowtown.

Reviewed over 5 years ago

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Rebecca Wharton

England

Ranking: 9/10

Started in Ranfurly and cycled 50km - amazing track to see Central Otago! Only had to pay for the bike hire.

Reviewed almost 6 years ago and experienced in February 2015

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Don Wallis

New Zealand

Ranking: 8/10

Apart from some long boring bits it had some really pretty spots like the Ida Valley to Lauder.

Reviewed almost 7 years ago and experienced in February 2014

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Loesje

Belgium

Ranking: 10/10

11!
What an experience!
We took our time and did the track in 4 days.
Took some sidetrips and did a total of 220km.
Make sure to get of the track and bike to St.Bathans. Not an easy ride, but man! So worth it! Beautiful 'old' (NZ-old) town, and the blue lake, magic!
The track itself was so surprising! So much variation, so much fun and... Really not that difficult.
One of the best things we've done in our one-year-in-NZ! 10000% recommended!

Reviewed over 8 years ago and experienced in November 2012

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Bill and Noreen

New Zealand

Ranking: 9/10

Fantastic four day mountain bike ride. You can hire bikes and do as much or as little of the trail as you can.

Reviewed over 8 years ago

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Helen and Ogi

New Zealand

Ranking: 10/10

Multiday bike through Central Otago landscape. Free, but for $10/day they will drop your bags off at each campsite along the way. Do it in April for amazing autumnal colours.

Reviewed over 8 years ago

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AnthonyWaygood

New Zealand

Ranking: 10/10

Spectacular scenery and great company within our group. We were lucky to have John as our guide. His patience, help, knowledge and understanding of our needs could not be faulted. The guide at Hayes Engineering made that side-trip worthwhile and the hospitality during the farm trip from Wedderburn was greatly appreciated. We also found previously unknown Curling talents among our group ! Our accommodation hosts at Clyde (Dunstan House) and Lauder (School House) were also quite magnificent. We really needed to double our mileage to justify all the wonderful food too !

Reviewed over 9 years ago

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Karl Brachtl

Austria

Ranking: 9/10

Really beautiful walk, can be done alone if you don't mind walking back again.

Reviewed over 9 years ago and experienced in February 2012

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AndreF

Germany

Ranking: 7/10

maybe good for family or people with average fitness as there are no steep or technical sections. i expected more "scenic" things but some sections where really boring (flat, straight...) for me. rode from ranfurly to omakau and back. as fit mountain biker i was bored by the trail and decided not to stay at clyde over night as planned.

Reviewed almost 10 years ago

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cruisysue

New Zealand

Ranking: 8/10

Great family fun, lots of laughs and fantastic memories!

Reviewed about 10 years ago

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Extremo

New Zealand

Ranking: 10/10

Wicked! A cruisy trip, lots of bridges to cross (don't go too fast as i blew up my tire), amazing views and some good chats with people along the way. Would recommend to anyone - if you get tired you can just push your bike to the nearest town and easily find somewhere to eat and sleep.

Reviewed over 10 years ago

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Margaret & Donald Finlayson

New Zealand

Ranking: 7/10

Omarama Saddle to St Bathins and Thomson Gorge Road - Laude/Omakau to Tarras.

Reviewed over 10 years ago

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Friedli Manuela

Switzerland

Ranking: 10/10

Bike track for the whole family.

Reviewed over 10 years ago

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Chris & Rob

New Zealand

Ranking: 10/10

Fantastic - but need good weather. Lovely small pubs to stay or small B&Bs - great scenery.

Reviewed about 11 years ago and experienced in May 2010

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jenniferuk

United Kingdom

Ranking: 9/10

A great experience. Well worth it.

Reviewed about 11 years ago and experienced in May 2010

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victoriauk

United Kingdom

Ranking: 9/10

A top trail. 4 days is a perfect time. 3 was a little quick. Check accommodation online before booking. Bring clothing for warm and cold weather.

Reviewed about 11 years ago

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R Bakker

Netherlands

Ranking: 9/10

Stunning landscape and do-able in 2 days. Accommodation on the way + enough restaurants as well in small villages on the way.

Reviewed over 11 years ago

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Kevin F

New Zealand

Ranking: 10/10

Brilliant for those interested in cycling. Great scenery, easy cycling, very good accommodation available.

Reviewed over 11 years ago

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Yasmin Abrahams

Netherlands

Ranking: 8/10

Alexandra - Ranfurly. We went on a mountain bike track by ourselves from Alexandra to Ranfurly. Very beautiful environment. Only had to pay for the bike rental.

Reviewed over 11 years ago

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Agnes

Germany

Ranking: 6/10

On the bikes a nice change not to have any trucks or campervans passing by. Otherwise not as impressive as imagined. Still nice though. Some very rough parts.

Reviewed over 11 years ago

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Maureen Pearman

New Zealand

Ranking: 10/10

You can do any or all of this 152km cycle/walk for free - stunning scenery + historic sites including tunnels & viaducts. A must do!

Reviewed over 11 years ago

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Bob and Carol Duncan

New Zealand

Ranking: 10/10

Freedom biking, used own accommodation in motor home.

Reviewed over 11 years ago

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SonjaG

Switzerland

Ranking: 9/10

Dunedin - Pukerangi.

Reviewed over 12 years ago

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jaejacobson

Australia

Ranking: 8/10

Great ride. If you have the fitness easily completed in 3 days. The last qtr of the year you should ride from Clyde to Middlemarch and not the reverse unless you like headwinds most of the way

Reviewed almost 13 years ago

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Vicky Elliott

United Kingdom

Ranking: 9/10

Really good if you have the energy, nice places to stay along the way. Scenery was stunning!

Reviewed over 13 years ago